U.S. Peace envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has expressed the hope that a final deal with Taliban will be clinched before Afghanistan’s presidential election in July.

Speaking at the U.S. Institute of peace in Washington, he said although his talks with the Taliban have produced a tentative framework agreement, but negotiations are far from finished.

He called for direct talks to begin between the Taliban and the afghan government as soon as possible.

Khalilzad said Pakistan is playing an important role in the ongoing talks with Taliban and the United States wants Islamabad to further boost its role.

He said Pakistan facilitated the U.S.-Taliban negotiations because it desires a political solution to the afghan conflict.

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